Registered Nurse Population
ANA addressing cultural diversity in profession
The American Nurses Association has identified cultural diversity as a high priority in 1998. The association currently is putting together a national advisory council on cultural diversity to help increase minority representation in nursing and assure cultural competency in the current workforce. Council members eventually will be available to assist state nurses associations in developing their cultural diversity programs. Another part of the council's task will be to work with academic institutions to encourage minority students to choose nursing as a profession.
ANA also is completing its position statement on discrimination and racism in health care, targeted for review by the Board of Directors. This is in response to the 1997 House of Delegate's ruling that the association develop a position statement on the elimination of racism using the Ohio Nurses Association statement on "Nursing Workplace Being Free of Racism" as a model.
To learn more about the advisory council or ANA's cultural diversity program, contact Eunice Turner, MA, MEd, ANA senior policy fellow, at (202) 651-7065.